Okay, this is a long post, I said it 🙂 get ready to read until you can but I think you may need a cuppa coffee with cookies or ice cream based on your mood.
In the middle of the posts, you will find some valuable life quotes highlighted in orange that are my favorite at this moment. They are harder to implement but I am sure some of you can relate to them at some point in your journey.
Like my sweet home, I have designed this site with the hope that friends and family would gather here. My passion is researching & writing and always keeping in mind that any writer should be as unbiased as open-minded and not be influenced by internal or external factors. My goal is to add value and help deliver quality content for my readers.
“People with purpose, goals and vision, have no time for things that bring them down.
They invest their energy in creativity, growth and success to focus on living a positive life.”
My name is Sri and I live in Texas with my husband, Venkat and our two sweet furry kids (doggies), Cici and Daisy. I pamper my family way too much and yes all the three are thoroughly spoilt :-). I show off my husband’s cowboy hat.
I am so grateful that you stopped by today and hope you’ll find something useful that inspires you to make your own journey a lovely place to land.
A good writer to me is like a duck swimming in the water if you know what I mean. It found its lovely place to land.
Why did I move to the USA?
I lived in India until I was 21 years old and then made a totally unplanned decision to move to the United States for higher studies (or really to escape an arranged marriage; in those days, it was pretty normal to have girls get married at the age of 21 and have 2 kids by 25).
We were a big family of 6 and losing our Dad at a young age taught us many hard lessons in life. At that young age, my only dream was to earn money to support my widowed mother who lives by herself to have a better life.
My mom was worried about me and the society we live in so it was imperative she would get me married if I stayed back in India as she already began the process of seeing some marriage proposals.
“When you focus on problems you will have more problems. When you focus on possibilities you will have more opportunities.”
I had to think and think fast, took help of my kindest cousin brother (I am very lucky to have one) and my dear sisters, still in shock that we could all convince mom for my higher studies (Master of Science).
How did I move to the USA?
I started the research, prepared myself like there is no tomorrow, passed the required entrance exams, applied to four universities, got my F1 student visa oh dear.
If you are born in the USA, you wouldn’t understand but the struggle is REAL – getting a Visa in India is a huge accomplishment because no matter how qualified or eligible you are, its approval is solely in the hands of the US Consulate General and my fate was basically decided that day.
“The best people to surround yourself with are the people that bring out the best in you.” – Jay Shetty
You know what is strange and freaks me out even today, Venkat (my husband now, a complete stranger then) got the Visa on the same day and the same time (from different officers), we were standing literally standing a few feet apart and didn’t even notice each other with stress levels so high.
Venkat will laugh at this but I really feel sometimes that the couples to-be actually cross paths way early in life unless they are countries apart.
Until the day of packing to leave my homeland, I never traveled alone even for a shorter distance. Either my mom or friends or sisters were always together all the time, I had no idea if the time I was buying from mom was worth it or not.
Party in the USA or Hard-work?
All that fear in me started to wear-off and got me more confidence as little did I know that I was landing in the most opportunity-rich nation in the world that rewards anyone who commits to hard work and dedication.
Believe it or not, I wasn’t very aware of America until that point (ignorance, yes) except for news updates and of course the very sad 9/11 disaster.
Meeting my life-partner to-be on my very first day:
I started my new life in the United States, met Venkat (my husband now) on the very first day of arrival, made new friends, our seniors helped us around to show the university, housing, how to earn a living, opening a bank account, getting SSN, commute back and forth, etc.
Venkat, myself and another girl were only the ones who spoke the same language (different dialect) so it felt homely at that time. The good news is we absolutely loved this beautiful country and the culture – greetings with smiles.
Venkat is super smart and disciplined in studies and I admired that in him. We both worked very hard to get through semester fees and living expenses working full time while taking 3 courses.
My friend became my husband 🙂 after we got settled with decent IT Jobs in hand after a few years of separation between school, IT Training and Job hunt.
My Childhood and the Past:
My Mom and my 3 sisters still live in India today, all settled with good jobs, good families, busy life. I visit once every 3 years and we spend quality time in the shortest couple of weeks we get together.
You win some and you lose some, such is life.
Growing up we were barely a middle-class family but our smart parents never let us feel that. Mom was strict while Dad pampered us much, he was Indian Airforce ex-serviceman who taught us that education is the most imp priority in life.
“The true strength of any relationship is measured in bad times not good.” – Miles J. Stanford
Mom was caring for family, cooking for 6, cleaning for 6, doing zillion other things and made it look easy. She was totally broken after Dad’s death with 4 unmarried daughters and for one whole year, we had no smile on our faces.
She pulled herself together for us and if it wasn’t for her, we daughters probably wouldn’t have had any chance at a good life.
Fast Forward to Today, Why did I start Blogging?
Blogging to me came to life because one day, during my commute from office to home, I was listening to the song “High Hopes“, one of my favorite songs (if interested, learn more about this song here) that fueled my old thoughts to do something more in life and pursue my passion no matter how difficult it would be at this stage of my busy life.
I want to share and give back what I have learned in all these 17 years and if I fail, it is okay but what is not okay for me is not to even try. Blogging is also a way for me to escape into my own little world to learn and let learn.
“You become the average of the five people you hang out.” – Drew Houston
Like the song lyrics go below, I finally took that one action and started learning all about blogging…that’s the story of the birth of my blogging site: A Lovely Place to Land. Our parents always boosted confidence in us and encouraged us.
I am ready to walk that extra mile and do whatever it takes to live my dream and hopefully inspire others to do the same.
Mama said don’t give up, it’s a little complicated-High Hopes Song Lyrics
All tied up, no more love and I’d hate to see you waiting
They say it’s all been done but they haven’t seen the best of me
So I got one more run and it’s gonna be a sight to see
My Furry Kids:
How can I not include our sweet, funny, stress busters 24/7 in our life?
Our sweetheart furry kids: Cici, and Daisy who made our family a lovely place to land. Life was beautiful until Cici faced the deadly disease in Dec 2017 – a rare type of cancer and it broke our heart when the Oncologist said she got 15 months to live.
She is our Alpha at home and she fought the battle bravely and today (~2 yrs after the diagnosis), she is still a happy adventurous Alpha girl again.
How I plan my Future?
Life today is so busy, so much to look forward to, so much to share, so much to learn, so much to travel, just so much of everything. But, I decided it’s time for me to start my own blog and a way for my family/friends (some oceans away from me) to cherish the many memories and leaving something behind, a piece of me long after I exit from this planet.
“Your diet is not only what you eat. It is what you watch, what you listen to, what you read, the people you hang around with…Be mindful of the things you put into your body emotionally, spiritually and physically.”
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